What will $12 get you again this year? Admission to the Minnesota State Fair.
The State Fair Board approved maintaining the same entrance and parking fees as last year at the annual meeting of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society this weekend in Bloomington. That means $12 tickets for teenagers and adults, $10 for seniors and children ages 5 to 12. Kids under 5 will again get in free. Parking fees will remain $12. Prefair tickets will still be $9.
Last year, ticket prices went up by $1 for adults, $2 for children.
The society, a public corporation that oversees the $40 million-a-year fair operation, elected Jim Foss to replace retiring President Denny Baker. Foss, from Kenyon, Minn., has been on the fair's board of managers since 2002.
Society members, who represent county fairs and agricultural-related organizations statewide, also elected Gordon Toenges of Alden, Minn., to the 10-member Fair Board.
The board also reappointed Jerry Hammer as the fair's executive vice president and general manager. The board, by state law, sets Hammer's salary but did not publicly disclose the amount.
Last year's attendance of 1.76 million was near the record. The 2011 fair generated $36 million in food and beverage receipts.